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12-Sep-17Course record - Knottallow HC
Christina Wiejak - Ladies Club & course record 7:34
Dave Huck - Club record 6:08
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12-Sep-17Knottallow Hill Climb - 11-Sep-2017
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12-Sep-17Results Finder updated
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Knottallow Hill Climb
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08-Sep-17BCW League Table updated
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05-Sep-172017 Picture gallery updated
National 10 TT pic added
Courtesy of Larry Hickmott
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04-Sep-17Course record updated - Gamswell HC
Dave Huck - Club & course record 4:55
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04-Sep-17Gamswell Hill Climb - 04-Sep-2017
Inter-Club
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01-Sep-17Coast Road 10 - 01-Sep-2017
Fancy Dress night
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30-Aug-17Coast Road 10 - 30-Aug-2017
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30-Aug-172017 Picture gallery updated
Bigland Hill Climb pic's added
Courtesy of Tony Johnston
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28-Aug-17Course record updated - Bigland HC
Dave Huck - Club course record 5:46
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28-Aug-17Bigland Hill Climb - 28-Aug-2017
Inter-Club
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23-Aug-17Coast Road 10 - 23-Aug-2017
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22-Aug-172017 Picture gallery updated
Woodland Hill Climb pic's added
Courtesy of Gradley Pitman & Adam Baxter
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21-Aug-17Course record updated - Woodland HC
Dave Huck - Course & Club record 4:29
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21-Aug-17Woodland Hill Climb - 21-Aug-2017
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16-Aug-17Furness Trophy 21 Coast Rd - 16-Aug-2017
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09-Aug-17Club Cup 25 Coast Rd - 09-Aug-2017
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02-Aug-17Haverthwaite 10 - 02-Aug-2017
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12-Jul-17Haverthwaite 10 - 12-Jul-2017
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12-Jul-17Results Finder updated
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Club 10 - Haverthwaite
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06-Jul-17Inter-Club Coast Rd 21 - 05-Jul-2017
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06-Jul-17Course record updated - Coast Rd 21
Christina Wiejak - Ladies Club & Course record 56:46
Dave Huck - Club Course record 00:47:14
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21-Jun-17Course record updated - Coast Rd 25
Alex Fairer - Ladies Club & Course record 01:07:43
Dave Huck - Club Course record 00:56:06
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21-Jun-17Coast Rd 25 - 07-Jun-2017
The Jackson Trophy
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14-Jun-17Haverthwaite 10 - 14-Jun-2017
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07-Jun-17Coast Rd 10 - 07-Jun-2017
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31-May-17Course record updated - Coast Rd 10
Dave Huck - Club Course record 21:42
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31-May-17Coast Rd 10 - 31-May-2017
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24-May-17Haverthwaite 10 - 17-May-2017
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19-May-17Course record set - Haverthwaite 20
Dave Huck - Course & club record 42:59
Pat Hercberg - Ladies Course & Club record 55:53
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17-May-17Haverthwaite 20 - 17-May-2017
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09-May-172017 Picture gallery updated
Cleveleys CC 10 pics added
Courtesy of Ellen Isherwood
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08-May-172017 Picture gallery updated
Circuit of Rusland pics added
Courtesy of Martyn Uttley
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26-Apr-17Circuit of Rusland - 26-Apr-2017
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26-Apr-17Course record updated - Circ of Rusland
Dave Huck - Course & club record 33:19
Christina Wiejak - Ladies course record 39:38
Alex Fairer - Ladies club record 42:34
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21-Apr-172017 Picture gallery updated
BCW SpoCo Coast Road 21 pics added
Courtesy of Craig Williams & John Calvert
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21-Apr-172017 Picture gallery updated
Haverthwaite 10 pics added
Courtesy of Craig Williams
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19-Apr-17Haverthwaite 10 - 19-Apr-2017
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15-Apr-17BCW Open SpoCo - 15-Apr-2017
Coast Road 21 (L212)
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15-Apr-17Course record updated - Coast Rd 21
Tom Rigby (Springfield Financial RT) 45:53
Dave Huck - Club Course record 47:57
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14-Apr-172017 Picture gallery updated
Coast Road 10 pics added
Courtesy of Rob Matheson
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12-Apr-17Coast Rd 10 - 12-Apr-2017
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12-Apr-172017 Picture gallery updated
Pics from Wild Boar Fell SpoCo added
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05-Apr-17Coast Rd 10 - 05-Apr-2017
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05-Apr-17Course record updated - Coast Rd 10
Dave Huck - Club Course record 22:27
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19-Mar-172017 Picture gallery updated
Pics from West Pennine and Lancaster CC SpoCo's added
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28-Feb-17NLTTA Combined Clubs 10 Start Sheet
Sat 4th March 2017 (L1017)
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26-Feb-172017 Picture gallery created
Pics from Rossendale SpoCo event added
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21-Feb-17Minutes of AGM - 6-Feb-2017
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17-Feb-172017 NLTTA Handbook
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08-Feb-172017 Salt Ayre TTs
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01-Feb-172017 Salt Ayre Crits
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01-Feb-172017 Sportive list updated
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12-Jan-172017 Event list
Timekeeper/Marshal info will be added when confirmed
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25-Nov-162016 Prize winners
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24-Sep-16Final BCW League Table (honest!)
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16-Sep-16Knottallow Hill Climb 15-Sep-2016
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09-Sep-16Course record updated - Gamswell HC
Dave Huck - Course record 04:58
Alex Fairer - Ladies Course Club Record 07:47
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09-Sep-16Gamswell Hill Climb 08-Sep-2016
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01-Sep-16Coast Road 8.4 Fancy Dress
01-Sep-2016

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31-Aug-16Coast Road 8.4 (Newbiggin-ish)
31-Aug-2016

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26-Aug-16Course record updated - Woodland HC
Dave Huck - Course record 04:31
Alex Fairer - Ladies Course Record 07:45
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26-Aug-16Woodland Hill Climb 25-Aug-2016
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24-Aug-16Coast Road 8.4 (Newbiggin-ish)
24-Aug-2016

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18-Aug-16Course record updated - Bigland HC
Dave Huck - Course record 05:22
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18-Aug-16Bigland Hill Climb 18-Aug-2016
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17-Aug-16Coast Road 9.7 (Newbiggin)
17-Aug-2016

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10-Aug-16Coast Road 9.7 (Newbiggin)
10-Aug-2016

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09-Aug-16Paul Revell's 24hr TT write-up
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27-Jul-16Club Cup - Coast Rd 25 - 27-Jul-2016
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22-Jul-16Minutes of Mid-Season meeting
11-Jul-2016

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21-Jul-16Circuit of Rusland course record set
Dave Huck (Lakes RC)
John Brannon
Pat Hercberg
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21-Jul-16Circuit of Rusland - 20-Jul-2016
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21-Jul-16Inter-Club 25 - Levens - 13-Jul-2016
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06-Jul-16Coast Rd 21 Course record updated
Craig Steele (Lakes RC)
Amanda Howard (Kent Valley RC)
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06-Jul-16Furness Trophy & Inter-Club 21
Coast Road - 06-Jul-2016

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30-Jun-16Coast Rd 10 - 29-Jun-2016
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22-Jun-16Course record updated - Coast Rd 25
Sean Casson - Club record
Sharon Lovidge - Ladies Course & Club record
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22-Jun-16Jackson Trophy - Coast Rd 25 - 22-Jun-2016
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15-Jun-16IMPORTANT
Event list updated

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08-Jun-16Circuit of Coniston - 8th June 2016
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05-Jun-16Circuit of Coniston (Inter-Club)
1st June 2016

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05-Jun-16Coast Road 10 - 25-May-2016
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18-May-16Course and club record updated
Coast Road 25
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18-May-16Hadwin Cup - Coast Road 25 - 18-May-2016
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11-May-16Coast Road 21 - 11-May-2016
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04-May-16Coast Road 10 - 04-May-2016
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02-May-16Coast Road 10 - 27-Apr-2016
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02-May-16Course record updated
Craig Steele - Coast Road 21
Alex Fairer - Ladies Club Course record
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02-May-16Coast Road 21 - 20-Apr-2016
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13-Apr-16Coast Road 10 - 13-Apr-2016
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21-Mar-162016 Event list
Timekeeper/Marshal info added
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06-Mar-162016 Picture gallery updated
Pics from NLTTA event added
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06-Mar-16NLTTA Combined Club 10 - 5th Mar 2016
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12-Feb-16Minutes of AGM - 1-Feb-2016
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Cyclocross comes to Ulverston - Saturday 11th November 2017 - Glaxo Sports Club

An upcoming event for your calendar is that Barrow Central Wheelers are pleased to be hosting a round of the North West Cyclocross League at Glaxo Sports Club on Saturday 11th November. Cyclocross is a family friendly branch of the road racing scene with races for U8’s, 10’s, 12’s, youths plus open age categories - male and female, over a 3km off road course.

Racing starts at 10.30am with the final race for the senior and junior men starting at 2.30pm. The course is a mixture of tarmac, grass, bankings and obstacles which can be ridden on a dedicated Cyclocross bike or on a mountain bike. Anyone is welcome to give it a try but a certain level of fitness would be beneficial to get the most out the race. Entering a race is easy, check out the British Cycling website link for details then just arrive about an hour before your preferred race category.

There will be food from Moveable Feast and Sweet Treats with Glaxo Sports Club providing hot and cold drinks plus a stocked bar. Velo Ulverston, Topmark and Ride Bikes are kindly sponsoring the event and will also have maintenance support during the day alongside other trade stands.

It will be a great event to showcase the quality cycling talent the area has to offer.

For more details, see...
https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/166569/Ulverston-Cyclo-Cross
http://nwcca.org.uk/

Click on the image above to open a larger version which can be printed and stuck on the noticeboard at work / school etc. The more the merrier!


3 Peaks Cyclocross and NLTTA Championship Rake Hill Climb success!

Another superb season of time trialling was undertaken by riders of all abilities and ages ranging from juniors in their early 10's through to seniors in their early 80's.

Highlights most recently for the club are from Christina Wiejak, who has had an extremely strong season on the bike for Barrow Central Wheelers claiming numerous club & course records along the way in the shape of time trials and hill climbs, as well as a fast 6 hours 46 minutes Fred Whitton Challenge which is over 100 miles around the gruelling Lake District passes!
Undoubtedly though Christina’s best achievement of 2017 was to win the arduous 3 Peaks cyclocross event in a time of 4 hours 5 minutes which built on last year's accolade of ‘highest placed first time rider’. 
(Photo of Christina approaching Ingleborough summit © Steve Irwin)
Full results here

Barrow Central Wheelers rider David Huck has embarked upon a successful season of hill climbing after posting numerous club and course records on the time trials. The British Cycling second cat. rider is a hill climb specialist and kicked off the hill climb season by dominating local events before heading off to defend his North Lancs. Time Trial Association (NLTTA) hill climb title.
The championship race took place on the iconic Rake Hill Climb in Ramsbottom, with David finishing an impressive 4th overall, and an agonising 2 seconds off the podium. This was enough to successfully defend his title and notably, he was the best placed unsponsored rider on the day.
(Photo courtesy of Ellen Isherwood ©)
Full results here

This is the third consecutive year David has won the title and he is now focused on the National hill climb Championships which take place in Northumberland at the end of the month.

Well done Christina and Dave.


Knottallow Hill Climb - Records tumble!

The fourth and final hill climb of the series up Knottallow (and the final club event TT of the season) saw the riders facing extremely blustery conditions, with a block headwind towards the top of the 1.2 mile climb.
There was also the added complication of rain showers on and off throughout the event, making the climb more challenging than it already is with difficulty finding traction in places, certainly not the type of conditions you'd expect for club / course records to fall.

Christina Wiejak had to be coerced into signing on, but went on to be the 1st of 3 ladies home, breaking the ladies course record by 1:12 and the ladies club record by 1:29 with a time of 7-34!
Incredible, well done Christina - 3 Peaks cyclocross is looming - good luck!

Dave Huck added to his haul of records this season, breaking the male club record in emphatic style by 43 seconds with a time of 6-08!
It really was a superb ride in those conditions by both riders!

Henry Moss was 2nd overall with a time of 7-07 and Mike Gregory hot on his heels in 3rd with a time of 7-09, Rich Helm was 4th with a 7-10! Splitting hairs there chaps! Well done!

Scott Fisher (Juvenile) had an excellent ride clocking 9-15 after a weekend of racing!

Chapeau to all who rode the event and kudos to Rich Helm with a course PB by 8 seconds!

Finally, a big thank you to all timekeepers, marshals, riders, photographers, and anyone who helped with any of the events this year in any way.
It's been a record breaking season!

Full results here


Gamswell Hill Climb (Inter-Club) - Course record for Dave Huck (04:55)

In atrocious conditions once again, Dave Huck took 3 seconds off his previous course record, setting a new best of 4:55 for the 1 mile climb.
It really was a foul evening, but it was good to see 17 riders braving the conditions.
Dave can be seen here receiving his prize of ... a bag of Skittles.

Well done once again Dave.

Full results here


National 10 mile TT Championships - 3rd September 2017

Congratulations to Sharon Lovidge, flying the flag for the club at the National 10 mile TT Championships on the L1021 course at Keswick.
In tough conditions, Sharon rode a very creditable 27:48.

Well done Shaz!

Photo courtesy of Larry Hickmott.


Woodland Hill Climb - Course record for Dave Huck (04:29)

In damp and dismal conditions that were obviously ideal for hill climbing!, Dave Huck took 2 seconds off his previous course record, setting a new mark of 4:29 for the 1 mile climb.
Bodes well for the rest of the hill climbing season to come.
Well done Dave.

Full results here
Hill Climb pics here


Good showing at Salt Ayre Crit - 25th July

Great showing from BCW at the Crit tonight down at Salt Ayre.
It was a big field of 43 with Graham Carrick, Robert Armstrong, Jack Talbot, Michael Wilson and Andy Stubbs representing the club, plus Keith Law from Lakes RC and Ulverston's ex Commonwealth cyclist Gary Sadler!

Gary Sadler took second with Robert Armstrong third. Well done gents!


Mersey Roads 24hr TT - Great ride by Paul Revell - 401.64 miles!

Paul Revell once again showed us all how long distance cycling is done.
Riding the legendary Mersey Roads 24hr, only his second 24hr TT, he achieved his goal of a 400 mile ride.

This is a 24 mile improvement on last years effort, and he's creeping ever closer to the club record of 425.57 held by H.H.Dodd,  set in 1959.

Paul rode the event on 82" fixed and once again was totally self-supported. 
Chapeau Paul!


Final standings in the Lakes & Lancs 2017 SpoCo SeriesSpoCo

It's been a fantastic competition this year, both for the individual and team honours.
In the end, we were pipped in the team standings by Beacon Wheelers by a mere 18 points, so congratulations to them.  Our final tally of 2,699 points gave us second place overall, with counting riders being Dave Huck, Kieran Lacey and Martyn Uttley.

We had a total of 20 riders who rode at least one of these events, which is great, and top 10 finishers in the individual categories were...

Clubs: Barrow Central Wheelers (2nd)
Overall Individual:
Dave Huck (4th), Kieran Lacey (9th)
Women Individual: Alex Fairer (6th), Sharon Lovidge (10th)
M40: Jonny Hill (9th)
M50: Martyn Uttley (3rd), Eamonn Quinn - Lakes RC (10th)
M60: Derek Schofield - Rossendale RC (3rd)
M70: Jim Lawley (4th)
W40: Sharon Lovidge (4th)

Congratulations everyone who rode and supported the events, a lot of them for the first time.  There were some great performances on what are tough courses, and it bodes well for next years series.

Full results are available here.


Border City Greystoke SpoCo (8th July)SpoCo

The final Lakes & Lancs SpoCo event of the year was the Border City 22mile Greystoke event on course L222. Jonny Hill was the first club rider home with his excellent 56:10 giving him 10th place overall.

 

RiderTime L&L SpoCo
Position (Overall)
Jonny Hill 00:56:107 (10)
John O'Callaghan 00:57:5913 (16)
Derek Schofield (Rossendale RC) 01:01:2926 (29)
Martyn Uttley 01:01:4727 (30)
Eamonn Quinn (Lakes RC) 01:03:5229 (34)

Weekly race roundup (24th May)SpoCo

On Wednesday 24th May there were 7 members took on the Kent Valley RC SpoCo.  Unfortunately due to roadworks, this was held on a shortened course of 10 miles.

Tom Rigby (Springfield Financial RT) was once again fastest of the 46 riders who took part on the evening with a time of 20:46

Dave Huck continued racking up the SpoCo points with another great ride for 3rd place overall, followed by Kieran Lacey in 10th and Martyn Uttley and Henry Moss tying for 14th place.

Positions/times as follows...

RiderTime L&L SpoCo
Position (Overall)
Dave Huck 21:543 (3)
Kieran Lacey 22:599 (10)
Martyn Uttley 23:4612 (14)
Henry Moss 23:4612 (14)
Jonny Hill 24:0417 (19)
Eamonn Quinn (Lakes RC) 25:0927 (29)
Jim Lawley 33:3741 (45)

We're still top of the L&L SpoCo club table, but it's extremely close with just 41 points seperating us and Beacon Wheelers, and 5 events remaining.


Weekly race roundup (14th May)SpoCo

Just one event to report this week, but a brilliant effort by those taking part.
It was the Border City Wheelers 29 mile SpoCo at Dalston on the L291 course.

Tom Rigby (Springfield Financial RT) was fastest on the day by some margin, clocking 1:08:11, almost 2 minutes ahead of the second placed rider.

Dave Huck did a great ride for 3rd place overall, followed by Jonny Hill and Kieran Lacey in 10th and 11th respectively.

Positions/times as follows...

RiderTime L&L SpoCo
Position (Overall)
Dave Huck 01:11:333 (3)
Jonny Hill 01:17:079 (10)
Kieran Lacey 01:17:3210 (11)
Martyn Uttley 01:23:3718 (21)
Eamonn Quinn (Lakes RC) 01:24:0222 (25)

Still top of the club table in the Lakes & Lancs SpoCo League after 15 of the scheduled 22 events, but it's really close!


Weekly race roundup (6/7th May)

Another busy week for some!

The Fred Whitton Challenge
To say the weather was perfect for this years Fred Whitton Challenge would be an understatement (as those who've ridden it in less appealing conditions will testify). But, that takes nothing away from the guts and determination needed to get around the course, so hats off to everyone who completed it. Thanks also to everyone who helped by marshaling or simply riding out to give encouragement.  Pat Hercberg reckons it was harder manning the feedstop at Calder Bridge than riding it!
We had a good turnout for the club this year, so well done to the following (and apologies if I've missed anyone)...
Duncan Scott, Diane Stretch, Kevin Lovidge, Paul Willetts, Mark Carroll, Ken Lamb, Richard Harvey, Gareth Kerr and Christina Wiejak.
Special mention to those last two.  Gareth Kerr did a tremendous ride, finishing with a time of 6hrs 28mins, and new club member Christina Wiejak (riding for Velo Ulverston) was class personified, coming home in a mind boggling 6hr 46mins to finish just outside the top 100 riders (out of around 2,500), to give her second lady on the day.

Cleveleys CC Levens 10
On the Saturday evening it was the Cleveleys CC 10 on Levens (L1015).
James Gullen (JLT Condor) was the overall winner in a rapid time of 18:32, exactly a minute faster than the second placed rider.
Martyn Uttley took a break from the hilly SpoCo's and was first club rider home, just missing his course PB.

Positions/times as follows...
RiderTime Position
Martyn Uttley 00:21:5235
Sean Casson 00:22:0443
Henry Moss 00:22:2352
Eamonn Quinn (Lakes RC) 00:22:4961
A few pictures here.

Derwentside SpoCoSpoCo
Two riders took part in the tough 40 mile Derwentside CC SpoCo which uses the M40 course at Allendale in the North Pennines on the Sunday.

Positions/times as follows...

RiderTime L&L SpoCo
Position (Overall)
Kieran Lacey 01:54:074 (11)
Alex Fairer (L) 2:21:2917 (70)

Both riders did us proud and we're still top of the club table in the Lakes & Lancs SpoCo League after 14 of the scheduled 22 events.
As riders begin to get their 8 best counting rides in, it's getting tight at the top.
Kieran is currently 3rd in the Overall, with Alex 3rd in the Ladies Overall category.
Martyn Uttley is lying an excellent 2nd in the M50 category, Jim Lawley is 4th in the M70 and Sharon Lovidge 4th in the W40.

Criterium Racing - UCLAN Sports Arena
John Stephenson was 4th and Graham Carrick 9th in the UCLAN Sports Arena 3/4 Crit on Thursday night (11th May), with Michael Wilson not far behind in the bunch.  John got away in a group of 4 about 30 minutes in.  Only the week before, John had finished 4th in the 4th cat race, earning him his 3rd cat status. Congratulations John and well done guys.


Bank Holiday roundup

Lots happening this Bank Holiday, and some great performances.

The Tour of Ayrshire
Diane Stretch rode the Tour of Ayrshire (part of the UCI Grand Fondo World Series), and only went and qualified for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in her age group in Albi, France.
What a brilliant achievement. Well done Di!

The Majorca 312
A little further from home, Colin Garnett, Jonny Hill and Mike Hingley rode the Majorca 312 Gran Fondo  (that's 194 miles in real money). It must have been off-putting to land in Majorca in the rain, but thankfully, they stayed dry (apart from sweat). Colin Garnett suffered badly with cramp but managed the 225km course, while Jonny and Mike smashed the full 312, a fantastic achievement by all 3. They'll be looking forward to some flat 10's now ;-)  Well done fellas.

By the way, if anyone fancies doing some LONG rides, then Paul Revell is the man to talk to. He's always looking for someone to join him on his recce rides of the Audax events he organises. While those three were living it up in Majorca, Paul was sitting on a bag of coal, eating crisps at Gretna Green services readying himself for the push for home via Kirkstone Pass (in the dark).  Not selling it am I!

World Masters Games
Even further afield, Andy Stubbs represented club and country in the World master Games held in Auckland New Zealand. OK, the week before the Bank Holiday but it fits in nicely here.

Andy rode in three events...
The Criterium -  around Auckland Harbour in which he finished an excellent 16th.
The Road Race -  in which he was teamed up with the legend of long distance time-trialling Glenn Longland (the first man to break the 300 mile barrier in a 12hr TT).  Andy finished 25th out of a field of 94 in that.
The Time Trial -  A 20km TT on a closed dual carriageway in which he finished a very respectable 20th.

Andy is also hoping to qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Albi, France, and on this form you wouldn't bet against him. Massive respect Andy.

Shap Hill Climb SpoCo
Very much closer to home, four club members (Dave Huck, Martyn Uttley, Alex Fairer and Sharon Lovidge) rode the Kent Valley Shap Hill Climb in shall we say windy conditions. Dave Huck rode magnificently, to finish 2nd behind winner Tom Rigby (Springfield Financial RT). Congratulations to everyone. Your efforts keep us at the top of the Lakes & Lancs SpoCo league table.

Positions/times as follows...

RiderTime L&L SpoCo
Position (Overall)
Dave Huck 00:30:062 (2)
Martyn Uttley 00:37:2818 (27)
Alex Fairer (L) 00:41:4727 (38)
Sharon Lovidge (L) 00:50:2833 (45)

Lancaster CC Levens 10
For those who like things a little flatter, there was the Bank Holiday 10 on Levens, organised by Lancaster CC.  7 members rode the event which again was made more difficult with the headwind back from the turn.  The winner was David Allonby (Springfield Financial RT) in a fast 19:33. First club rider home was Kieran Lacey in an excellent 21:41 giving him 6th place overall.  Kudos to all who made the effort on the day.

Positions/times as follows...

RiderTime Position
Kieran Lacey 00:21:416
Graham Carrick 00:22:499
James Hodgson 00:23:1614
Simon Thompson 00:24:4825
Peter Abernethy 00:25:4830
Tony Johnston 00:25:5632
John Calvert 00:27:3838

Finally! Jim Lawley rode 2 events (well he would wouldn't he ;-), the VTTA National Championship on the V728 (15 mile) course where he recorded a time of 51:03 (17.63mph avg) and along with Graham Carrick he rode the Nelson Wheelers 10 on the L1010 course.  Graham recorded a 23:42 and Jim did 34:36 - not bad for a 74 year old! Chapeau Jim.


Weekly race roundup (22nd/23rd April 2017)

The Dirty Reiver (123 miles)

Pat and Neil Hercberg took part in the 'Dirty Reiver' event at the weekend. This is an off-road 200km ride on forest tracks covering the border region of England and Scotland.
In Pat's words...

Dirty Reiver done. 123 miles on a mountain bike. Pretty tough ride involving hills, fords (Neil fell in) and throwing up.
A sorry 13 hours 20 for me and a splendid 11 hours 37 for Neil, but then he didn't keep being sick.
Very well organised event if anyone is interested in the future. Best on a cyclo cross bike. About an hours worth of stops for both of us.

I think you'll agree 123 miles on a mountain bike is no mean feat, infact it's pretty bonkers really. What Pat didn't mention is that her time of 13hrs 20 mins gained her 1st Female V60, so not so sorry at all really.
Huge respect to both!

The Two Clubs Two Day Road Race (3rd/4th cat)

In glorious weather, the jointly promoted Kent Valley RC and Lune RCC  'Two Clubs Two Day' Road Race was run over the weekend. Two riders were representing the club (Dave Huck & Kieran Lacey) with Darren Brackwell riding for Lakes RC, and they all put up excellent performances.

Day 1 (Saturday) was  6 laps of the tough Old Hutton Circuit (50 miles). 
Dave Huck finished 4th, closely followed by Kieran Lacey in 7th and Darren Brackwell in 33rd. 
Day 2 (Sunday) was 8 laps of the Aughton Circuit (55 miles). 
Kieran Lacey took the honours this time with 6th place, followed by Dave Huck in 7th.
Overall positions were Dave Huck (6th) and Kieran Lacey (8th).
Well done to all.


BCW Open SpoCo - Coast Road 21 - 15th Apr 2017 SpoCo

A fantastic turnout for the club saw 15 members taking to the start line for this the second running of the Coast Road 21 Open SpoCo event.  Out of a field of 50 starters, that's some percentage!  It was encouraging to see that this was a first Open event for a number of members.

It was a blustery day, making the leg from Rampside to Roose particularly hard, but all thoughts of slower times went out of the window when Tom Rigby (Springfield Financial RT) came home in a course record time of 45:53.  Fastest club rider was Dave Huck with a club course record of 47:57 gaining him 4th place overall.  No less than 7 riders recorded sub 50 minute rides. 
Fastest lady on the day was Claire Swoboda (Chorlton Velo) in a time of 57:57.

Positions were as follows...

RiderTime L&L SpoCo
Position (Overall)
Dave Huck 00:47:574 (4)
Kieran Lacey 00:50:106 (8)
Darren Brackwell 00:51:56 15 (17)
Richard Helm 00:52:3417 (19)
Sean Casson 00:53:1920 (22)
John O'Callaghan 00:53:2621 (23)
Martyn Uttley 00:54:0622 (24)
Henry Moss 00:54:5327 (30)
Derek Schofield (Rossendale RC) 00:55:0428 (31)
James Hodgson 00:56:0531 (34)
Eamonn Quinn (Lakes RC) 00:56:0732 (35)
Glenn Rhodes 00:56:5233 (36)
Stuart Garnett 00:58:2036 (40)
Graham Carrick 00:59:1539 (43)
Jack Billingham 01:00:0640 (44)
Alex Fairer (L) 01:00:4741 (45)
Duncan Scott 01:12:5345 (50)

A huge thank you to all timekeepers, marshals, tea and cake makers, and anyone who helped in any way.  The event went off very smoothly and seemed well received, all thanks to you.
Congratulations to all riders. After 10 events, we are now back at the top of the table in the L&L SpoCo club standings.

Full results available here


Weekly race roundup (8th/9th April 2017)

Jim Lawley rode the VTTA National Championship 10 on the J2/1 course down at Monks Heath on the Saturday (8th), finishing in a time of 31:59. Well done Jim. Flying the flag!

Further north, 6 club riders took on the Kent Valley promoted Circuit of Wild Boar FellSpoCo SpoCo in good conditions. In a strong field of 74 riders, first home was Simon Wilson (Brother NRG Pro Cycling) in a course record time of 1:07:07.  First club rider was Dave Huck who finished in an excellent 3rd place with a time of 1:09:08.
Jonny Hill continued his good form with a strong ride for 20th place, in 1:14:05.

Positions were as follows...

RiderTime L&L SpoCo
Position (Overall)
Dave Huck 01:09:082 (3)
Kieran Lacey 01:12:298 (13)
Jonny Hill 01:14:0515 (20)
Darren Brackwell 01:15:0120 (25)
Martyn Uttley 01:19:2532 (37)
Eamonn Quinn (Lakes RC) 01:21:2140 (46)
Derek Schofield (Rossendale RC) 01:23:0444 (51)
Jack Billingham 01:28:3253 (61)

Congratulations to all riders. After 9 events, we are now second in the L&L SpoCo club standings.

Full results available here

Finally, not a race (I mean no one rides them for a time do they!), 5 club members rode the 100 mile Forest of Bowland Sportive. Paul Willets, Kevin Lovidge, Colin Garnett, Gareth Kerr and Diane Stretch made the most of the good weather to get the best out of the views (and the 8,000+ ft of climbing) and by the looks of things they all had a great time.  Well done all.


Circuit of the Dales SpoCo (2-Apr-2017)SpoCo

96 riders took to the start of the renowned Nelson Wheelers promoted Circuit of the Dales.
The event was won by Philip Graves (NOPINZ) in a time of 2:03:45, with that well known Olympic Gold medal winning triathlete Alistair Brownlee third in 2:04:33.
Kieran Lacey was first club rider home with an excellent 2:14:25, and it was a fantastic ride by Alex Fairer, riding her road bike in her first ever SpoCo event and finishing 3rd lady overall (2nd in the SpoCo only table).  Well done Alex!

Positions were as follows...

RiderTime L&L SpoCo
Position (Overall)
Kieran Lacey 02:14:257 (13)
Chris Anderson (Lakes RC) 02:26:1423(40)
Derek Schofield (Rossendale RC) 02:33:0232 (55)
Glenn Rhodes 02:39:3642 (69)
Alex Fairer (L) 02:45:0144 (76)
Jack Billingham 02:56:1447 (81)
Sharon Lovidge (L) 02:56:3448 (82)

Congratulations once again to all riders. After 8 events, we are currently third in the L&L SpoCo club standings.

Full results available here


Weekend race roundup (25th/26th March 2017)SpoCo

What a difference a week makes. Spring has finally sprung and it was sunny conditions for this weekends racing.

Dave Huck and Martyn Uttley represented the club in Sunday's Border City Wheelers hilly 20 miles SpoCo event on course L202.  Richard Bickley of the promoting club broke the course record, finishing in 47:41, with Dave finishing 4th overall with an excellent 49:10.

Positions were as follows...

RiderTime L&L SpoCo
Position (Overall)
Dave Huck 00:49:103 (4)
Chris Anderson (Lakes RC) 00:54:0516 (20)
Derek Schofield (Rossendale RC) 00:55:0824 (28)
Martyn Uttley 00:55:1625 (29)
Eamonn Quinn (Lakes RC) 00:58:2531 (37)

Congratulations once again to all riders. After 7 events, we are currently third in the L&L SpoCo club standings.

Full results available here

Road Racing (courtesy of Graham Carrick)Pete Metcalfe
Good crew down at Salt Ayre today. David Huck, Kieran Lacey, Michael Wilson, John Stephenson, Peter Metcalfe and myself. Plus honorary Cumbrian Oliver Ingham, Tom Martin and Brian Pearson (LRC)
Pete and John rode in cat 4 with Pete getting caught behind a crash (I think) and John finished in the pack.
Everyone else raced in 3/4 apart from Tom who competed well in a strong E123 race, not sure if he got any points.
Kieran managed a super 3rd place in a tough race. Tough due to there being 60 riders in it making it very difficult to move around the peloton and get in a good position. The rest of us all finished in the pack.
It's been a great series hosted by Lancaster Uni and sets us up well for the rest of the season.
Lovely to be racing in sunshine today!


A wet and windy weekend of racing (18th/19th March 2017)SpoCo

It was bad weather all round for those racing this weekend.
Must be due some decent weather for these SpoCo's soon!

On Saturday 18th, Jim Lawley was the lone rider flying the flag for the club at the West Pennine RC Hilly 14 mile SpoCo (L142).  The event was won by James Gullen (JLT Condor), who is on blistering form at the moment, completing the course in 32:40, over 2 minutes up on the second placed rider. 
In nasty conditions, Jim did a very courageous 1:07:28.  Not only that but he was out again the next day marshalling on the Lancaster CC Hilly 21 mile SpoCo in atrocious conditions - hardcore.

Darren Brackwell described the weather as 'brutal' for the Lancaster CC Hilly 21 mile SpoCo (L211), with lashing rain and strong winds. 
Not wanting to repeat myself, but James Gullen (JLT Condor) took the honours with a ride of 48:11, this time 3 minutes up on the second placed rider.
Four local riders took to the start, with Dave Huck coming out on top for the club in a time of 54:38.

Positions were as follows...

RiderTime L&L SpoCo
Position (Overall)
Dave Huck 00:54:383 (7)
Kieran Lacey 00:55:276 (11)
Darren Brackwell 00:57:2514 (20)
Chris Anderson (Lakes RC) 00:59:0719 (27)

Congratulations again to all riders. After 6 events, we are currently second in the L&L SpoCo club standings.

Full results available here
A few pics here  - Photos © Ellen Isherwood.

Road Racing (courtesy of Graham Carrick)
Another good afternoon down at Salt Ayre, despite the weather!
John Stephenson, Michael Wilson and I were representing the club albeit sporting Better Cycling kit (away colours ;-)
John had a mechanical in the Cat 4 race meaning he was unable to finish higher than in the bunch.
We all raced in the Cat 3/4 race and in another large field of 40 ish riders there was some competitive racing. John and I stuck to Jack Barton's wheel towards the end of the race and I managed to get in the points finishing 10th, whilst Jack won it for the second week running.
John and Mike finished just outside of the points alongside Tyla Loftus.
Hopefully the sun will shine for the last week of the series!


Great weekend of racing (11th/12th March 2017)

A great weekend of racing this week.SpoCo

A fantastic 9 club riders took part in the tough Circuit of Ingleborough TT on Sunday 12th March, and it was great having 2 ladies representing the club too (though I'm not sure I'd choose this TT as my first ever Di!).

There were some excellent times (and we'll brush over the astonishing 59:21 set by James Gullen Of JLT Condor, to obliterate the course record and finish over 31/2 minutes ahead of the second placed rider).

Special mention to Kieran Lacey, Darren Brackwell and Richard Helm who secured the team prize on the day. Brilliant!
Congratulations to all riders who took part on what is a tough course.  Your efforts have placed us top of the Lakes & Lancs SpoCo leaderboard once again after 4 events.  Keep it up!

Positions were as follows...

RiderTime L&L SpoCo
Position (Overall)
Kieran Lacey 01:07:424 (10)
Darren Brackwell 01:09:4410 (17)
Richard Helm 01:09:5711 (18)
Jonny Hill 01:12:0119 (28)
Martyn Uttley 01:14:3330 (45)
John Brannon 01:15:3236 (52)
Eamonn Quinn (Lakes RC) 01:17:2945 (64)
Glenn Rhodes 01:18:1048 (67)
Diane Stretch (L) 01:29:2768 (95)
Sharon Lovidge (L) 01:33:0069 (96)

Full results available here

NLTTA Point Series
After 2 events, we are also leading the NLTTA points series.
See here.


Road Racing (courtesy of Graham Carrick)
Great afternoon down at Salt Ayre today (Saturday 11th March). There were some big fields for each race with the 3/4 race full at 50 riders.

John Stephenson rode fantastically to claim his first cat points finishing 7th in the 4ths only race. Proud moment John, well done!

Me and Robert Armstrong raced well in the 3/4 race alongside local lads Tom Martin and Jack Barton.
It was a fast pace at 26.7 mph for the 45 minutes and Jack won it with an excellent sprint. Rob, Tom and myself were just out of the points between 11th and 20th.
It was a quick change of numbers and then onto the E123 race. With a number of elite riders in this as it was a national B race, the pace was slightly higher with a number of attacks. I lasted 40 mins with Tom, Rob and Jack completing the race. Jack may have snuck in for some points.
Well done to all the other riders, there was a number of clubs represented from the North West.
(Photo courtesy of Alex Reed - Lancs Racing Scene)


Fantastic start to the SpoCo seasonSpoCo continues!

Kieran Lacey and Martyn Uttley kept up the SpoCo momentum with two great rides in the Border City Wheelers Hilly 25 on Saturday 4th March.  Kieran went under the hour for the hilly 25 course and Martyn's hard winter training to focus on the SpoCo series is obviously paying dividends.

Only 2 club riders this week, but their efforts have increased our lead on the club table after just 2 events, with Kieran currently lying 2nd and Martyn 5th in the individual tables.

Positions were as follows...

RiderTime L&L Spoco
Position (Overall)
Kieran Lacey 00:59:235 (7)
Martyn Uttley 01:02:4311 (15)
Eamonn Quinn (Lakes RC) 01:07:0018 (23)

Full results available here

Two club members rode the North Lancs RC SpoCo on Sunday 5th March. Jack Billingham recorded 1:29:08 to finish in 40th overall.  Unfortunately it wasn't such a good day for Darren Brackwell, who DNF'd with a puncture. Commiserations Darren.


NLTTA Combined Clubs 10 mile TT

After an early scare with temporary traffic lights, 114 riders took to the start of the NLTTA Combined Clubs 10 mile TT on Saturday 4th March. The first 'flat' 10 for most, it was a good test of form.  Six club riders lined up, with Dave Huck taking the honours for the club in a time of 23:15. As can be seen from the clubs results below, it was a close run affair with the next 3 seperated by only 11 seconds.  Sharon Lovidge narrowly missed out on another £5 this week, coming a very creditable 5th in the ladies category.

Overall winner was junior Jake Wright (Zappi RT) in a very quick 20:51.

RiderTimePosition
Dave Huck23:1515
John Brannon24:2532
Sean Casson24:3034
James Hodgson24:3635
Derek Schofield (Rossendale RC)24:46 38
Sharon Lovidge (L)28:2486
Jim Lawley38:41114

Full results available here
A few pics available here, courtesy once more of Ellen Isherwood

Fantastic start to the SpoCo seasonSpoCo

A great effort by the 6 club riders who took part in the opening Bolton by Bowland opening SpoCo TT on Saturday 25th February 2017.
Dave Huck, Kieran Lacey, Darren Brackwell, Martyn Uttley, Sharon Lovidge and Jim Lawley took to the start line in let's say what were pretty disgusting conditions, and did the club proud, leaving us top of the club leaderboard. Early days I know, but it bodes well for the coming season.

Positions were as follows...

RiderTime L&L Spoco
Position (Overall)
Dave Huck26:46 3 (8)
Kieran Lacey 27:066 (11)
Darren Brackwell 27:398 (14)
Martyn Uttley 29:3918 (34)
Sharon Lovidge (L) 36:3645 (75)
Jim Lawley48:03 52 (84)

Full results available here
A few pics here courtesy of Ellen Isherwood


2017 Lakes & Lancs SpoCo Event listSpoCo

The full list of Lakes & Lancs SpoCo (Sporting Courses) events for 2017 is now up on their website here.

Entries are open for our own Open event which counts in this series. The course is our Coast Road 21 course (L212).
Entry is via the CTT website here

Be good to see a few targetting this series of events.


2017 Salt Ayre Time Trial Events

A full list of the Thursday night Salt Ayre Time Trial events is available here.


2017 Salt Ayre Criterium Series

A full list of the Tuesday night Salt Ayre Criterium Series is available here.


Club Dinner & Prize Winners 2016

To round off a fantastic season, we finished off in style with a belter of a club dinner at Chequers in Dalton, organised by the irrepressible Sharon Lovidge who definitely earned her 'Services to the Club' award.
Around 80 attended which is the most we've had for many years, and was great to see, with lots of old and new faces.

A list of all the trophy winners is available here, but special mention has to be made of Craig Steele (Lakes RC) who dominated the trophy list, and Dave Huck (Lakes RC) who dominated whenever the road went skyward!

Congratulations to all who took part in any of the races this season and to all marshalls, timekeepers and race organisers without whom none of this would happen.

This season will be hard to top but we can give it a good go. Hope everyone has a successful winter's training, and I'm sure Sharon is already planning next years dinner ;-)


British Cycling 'new member' offerBritish Cycling logo and insurance

British Cycling have an offer on at the moment for new members at a reduced rate (see here for full details).

For new club members, and as a reminder to others, in order to race you need insurance. This is usually done either via British Cycling or Cycling UK (was CTC). Our club is affiliated to both organisations. Even if you don't race, e.g. commuting, training, the odd sportive, or just enjoy a weekend ride, you really should have a minimum of 3rd party liability insurance.
British Cycling offer Gold, Silver and Bronze membership. To race, you need a minimum of Silver membership (see here for full info on BC liability insurance cover).

In addition to the necessary insurance, you also get 10% discount at Chain Reaction Cycles and Halfords (conditions apply) plus other perks.
With renewal of club membership around the corner now's the time to get your insurance sorted out.

Mike Edwards has put a lot of work into moving the club bank account and is setting up the means for electronic payments and importantly, electronic reminders re membership via the British Cycling website, so the more people we get using Britiish Cycling, the easier it is for administration.

Any questions, just ask.


Paul Revell survives the Mersey Roads 24hr TTPaul Revell

Paul Revell chose the legendary Mersey Roads 24hr TT event over the weekend of 23rd/24th July for his first crack at a 24 hour TT, not knowing that our club has a long history with this event and awards the Whinnerah Memorial Trophy for the fastest vet on standard.

Paul rode 77" fixed on the day, totally self supported, and finished an excellent 36th out of 83 starters with a total mileage of 376.131

Chapeau Paul!

Paul has kindly done a great write-up of his 24hr ride and the preparations for it.
Essentially, everything you need to know about riding a 24.
(Personally I think he glossed over the 'suffering' bit)

Read all about Paul's preparation and riding of the Mersey Roads 24hr TT here.

Full results available here


Col McKenna takes on the Tommy Godwin Challenge (205 miles)

On Sunday 23rd March, Col McKenna took on the Raleigh 'Tommy Godwin Challenge', the aim of which is to ride an 'average' Tommy Godwin day of 205 miles.
Col's kindly written up all the gory details of his epic day.

Read all about it here.

Col McKenna

Howard LindowFred Whitton Challenge on fixed? - Bonkers

As some of you will know, Howard Lindow of the Lakes Road Club recently rode the 4 Seasons Fred Whitton Challenge route on fixed.
Anyone who's ever ridden the Fred will understand just how tough that probably is (as we're not daft enough to ever want to attempt it).
So, in Howard's own words...

Read all about it here


Results Finder

I've created a page which allows you to search/filter/sort club results.
Currently I've got all results from 2006 onwards in the system and will add as many of the others as I can as time permits.

I'd be grateful for any feedback on how you find it, any changes you might like to suggest etc etc (just so I feel like I've not been flogging a dead horse ;-)

At the very least it'll be useful for collating who's won what at the end of the season.

You can access it from the Events/Results menu above - just click on Results Finder.


Trophy Information

We've just started trying to pull all the trophy information together.

I've put up a trophies page which you can get to here or via the Events/Results option on the menu bar above.

Bear with us as it's a pretty time consuming task! Over the years trophies have been 're-allocated' as courses changed or were scrapped altogether (Barrow-Newby Bridge-Barrow anyone?). We'll try and reflect this in the lists where possible if we can find date/course information.

If you spot any errors or can fill in any gaps then don't hesitate to let me know.

Trophy

So how much faster are we going now?

Looking at an old diary from 1991, I thought it'd be interesting to see how times 21 years ago compared to those of today. I must admit I got a bit of a surprise. The link below shows a couple of events (Circuit of Coniston and Haverthwaite) to compare.

Comparison events 1991 / 2012

Allan Nelson

Something to read while the rain lashes the windows...

Rules is rules...
A bit of light relief after all those heroics. The UCI might have their rules, but really these are the ones that matter.  I particularly like Rule 5 and its accompanying video.
The Rules

Bad Weather Riding...
So, with the snow, rain and wind you think you've been a bit of a hero venturing out on the bike do you? Or perhaps you think that Andy Hampsten's ride over the Gavia in the 1988 Giro was the pinnacle of suffering?
Naaah - This is heroic - Milan - San Remo 1910 edition

Getting the miles in...
A few people have heard of Tommy Godwin the track cyclist, and very good he was too. Unfortunately, not many seem to have heard of another Tommy Godwin.
If you think you're going to get some serious miles in over the winter, then read this and weep.  As if breaking the year record with a phenomenal 75,065 miles wasn't enough, he carried on to break the  100,000 mile record in exactly 500 days - at least it makes it easy to work out!
I can't help feeling you'd have to be a bit bonkers to do this.  The 1939 Stats link is interesting - you can compare your days mileage with what Tommy did on that day ;-)
Dave Barter who's "Writing the Book" (see above) is also writing a book on Tommy 'Mile-Eater' Godwin and the distance record in general, using Tommy's original diaries etc to chart the mileage.
Tommy 'mile-eater' Godwin


About the Club

The Barrow Central Wheelers was formed in 1933 when two of the clubs of that era combined. The club gets its name from the Barrow Central railway station where the first club runs started from.

Over the years, the club has taken part in all forms of cycling and cycle racing with some of it's members representing Great Britain at the highest level.
At the present time the club is predominantly a time trialling club promoting 3 open events and 21 club events each year with an annual prize giving held at the end of October.

The club still has a small active road racing section and a touring group that have very close ties to the Cumbria Cycling Club which is active most weekends and organises weekend runs and at least one major continental tour each year.